An autobiography is actually a literary genre and is defined (by Google) as “an account of a person’s life written by that person.” However, I found some rather interesting alternative definitions in my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary. Enjoy!
“An obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing.” (Quentin Crisp)
“Alibi-ography.” (Clare Boothe Luce)
“A book that suggests the only thing wrong with the author is . . . his memory.” (Franklin P. Jones)
“Books that ought to begin with Chapter Two.” (Ellery Sedgwick)
“Unrivaled vehicles for telling the truth — about others.” (Philip Guedalla)
“What is now as common as adultery — and hardly less reprehensible.” (John Grigg)
“The life story of a motor car.” (Peter Eldin)
Source: The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone.
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